4 Ways to Stray From an Apple iPhone

Although the world agrees that Steve Jobs was a great man, folks who find affront in updating their iPhone every few months just to get some of the latest functionality are in luck. Android is better than ever, and every carrier has at least one cool and usable phone priced at or lower than a similarly outfitted iPhone.

Here are a few of this season's latest -- and best -- Android smartphones.

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HTC

The T-Mobile Amaze 4G ($259 with contract, T-Mobile) -- The Amaze by HTC is T-Mobile's answer to the iPhone's updated camera sensor. Designed from the ground up to take great pictures, the Amaze has an 8-megapixel camera and records full HD video. I took the phone to Coney Island this weekend and got some amazing shots (including sunsets) and this fun action photo (below) of the kids swinging through space. Multiple modes including portrait and night photos add considerable power to the package.

The phone is a bit big -- it has a 4.3-inch screen and weighs 6 ounces -- but if you're looking to grab some terrific photos without a pocket camera nearby, this may be your answer.


Photo by John Biggs


Samsung

The Samsung Galaxy S II (price varies among Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile) -- The latest in Samsung's arsenal of ultra-powerful smartphones, the Galaxy S II is one of the lightest and fastest phones you can buy. It has a beautiful touchscreen and is considerably thinner than the iPhone -- although it does have a bit of a "chin" near the bottom where the antenna resides.

Make no mistake: The screen is huge on this guy, so if that's a deal-breaker, look elsewhere. This is a smartphone that's been eating protein instead of salads.

I've used it for a week now. The battery is fantastic and the speed is phenomenal. 


Motorola

The Droid Bionic ($299, Verizon) -- Verizon's Droid line is rightly famous: The phones are well-made, powerful, and fairly inexpensive. This latest Droid, built in the vein of the previous two models, features a big screen, blazing fast processors, and great connectivity. It's a bit pricey, but if you're going to go Verizon, you'll probably want to go Droid.

 


AT&T

The AT&T Status ($49, AT&T) -- Dubbed the first "Facebook Phone," the AT&T Status has a dedicated FB button for sharing notes and photos. It also has a large, spacious keyboard for those of you who can't live without your QWERTY. The phone isn't very powerful, but it's quite cheap, and if you're a social media fiend, it might just be up your alley.

Would you stray from Apple and buy an Android phone?


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